Redner wants no part of Romney's America. He gazes around at his club. "I prefer to be in here with the decent humans," he says.

After he left Florida's RNC and Nixon crushed George McGovern, Hunter Thompson was in no mood to forgive America.

"The 'mood of the nation' in 1972 was so overwhelmingly vengeful, greedy, bigoted, and blindly reactionary that no presidential candidate who even faintly reminded 'typical voters' of the fear & anxiety of the 1960s had any chance at all of beating Nixon," Thompson wrote. "All they wanted in the White House was a man who would leave them alone and do anything necessary to bring calmness back into their lives — even if it meant turning the whole state of Nevada into a concentration camp for hippies."

Illustration by Rick Sealock
Illustration by Rick Sealock

Forty years later, many Americans are again greedy and afraid — afraid of immigrants, afraid of upsetting "job creators" by not giving them tax breaks the country can't afford, and afraid of paying 11 cents more for their pizza so the kid delivering it can have health insurance.

Who knows where President Mitt Romney plans to put the hippies. But one thing is for sure: He'll leave Americans alone, just as the Sunshine State has left Floridians alone all these years. Ponzi schemers will proliferate. Developers will bulldoze pristine land into parking lots. Everyone will carry a gun. Unless you're poor, of course. Then you'll have to piss into a cup.

But if 16 years of Romney and Ryan's right-wing republic get to you, take Thompson's advice: "Load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard."

Mexico, here we come.

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The agenda of the democrats/liberals is simple to understand: it is about envy and the anger it fuels, and the need for government to "do more" to solve the problems the democrats frames. Thus, America is no longer about providing the opportunity for everybody to better themselves through hard work and creativity, but about how to punish those hard working, evil greedy rich to make sure that everybody gets their "fair share." America is no longer about equal opportunity, but about "equal outcomes." This is why the welfare recipient you are standing behind in line at Walmart is buying filet mignon, cigarettes, and chocolate with taxpayer funds. Why not? She "deserves" this life. Gone are the days of John Kennedy and "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." We now live in the era of "I got my rights," and "I want mine." Contributing; working; earning--what outdated concepts from a pre-modern era! How silly. The government will provide!

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I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending." –Rep. Michele Bachmann,

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